Holiday Events

Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival | November 18, 2016 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Embarcadero Center is brightening the holidays this year with the 30th Annual Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival!

Four iconic buildings lit with 15,000 holiday lights, fireworks bursting in the sky and a magical show presented by Disney on Ice. The Building Lighting Ceremony at Embarcadero Center is a San Francisco tradition and the official start of the holiday season in the City.  The festivities begin at 4:00PM with a family fun Carnival followed by the Building Lighting Ceremony at 6:00PM.  Don’t miss the magic at Embarcadero Center!

Holiday Ice Rink | November 2, 2016 – January 8, 2017


Celebrating 30 Years of Holiday Spirit in San Francisco!

Open November 2, 2016 through January 8, 2017

The Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink, a beautiful city setting and an array of shops and restaurants to enjoy. This is signature San Francisco and it’s what makes The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center the perfect place for holiday fun. For three decades locals and visitors have been celebrating the season at Embarcadero Center.  Join us and create festive, unforgettable memories to last a lifetime – only at The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center!

Contact Information
Phone: 415.837.1931

Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic Ferry Building.

General Admission – $11
Children (8 & under) – $7
Skate Rental – $5

Hours of Operation
November 2, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Open 10:00am – 9:30pm, Sunday-Thursday (open until 11:30pm on December 31)
Open 10:00am – 11:30pm, Friday and Saturday
90-minute sessions start at every even hour.

Group Rates
Mondays – Thursdays (pending availability)
15 or more – $1.00 discount per person
25 or more – $2.00 discount per person
75 or more – (must rent the entire rink) $2,600 single session, $4,500 double session (includes use of tent area) $1,200 per session with use of tent without rental of entire rink.
Birthday Party Packages
$325.00 – Includes admission, skate rental for up to 10 people, decorated “party area”, birthday cake, and soft drinks. (Guests in excess of 10 people will be charged an additional $20.00 each.)

Sessions Closed for Private Events
The Rink may be closed due to inclement weather or private-party bookings. For the most current information, call 415.837.1931.

 Free Holiday Parking | November 18, 2016 – December 24, 2016parking-sticker-2016

Embarcadero Center is making it even easier to shop and dine this holiday season. Starting November 18th, shop and dine at any Embarcadero Center shop or restaurant, or skate at the Holiday Ice Rink, and receive 4-hours of free parking! The holiday parking promotion will be in effect Monday through Friday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, plus any four hours* on weekends starting Friday, November 18, 2016 through the end of the day on Saturday, December 24, 2016. On Friday, November 18th, validation will begin at 4:00pm for those who attend the Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival. * Offer may not be valid at businesses or restaurants that already offer their own validation. Sticker must be affixed to parking ticket to be valid. Mark your calendar and grab your shopping list! Embarcadero Center retailers and restaurants are ready and waiting to make your holiday shopping experience the easiest and best ever. It’s just another great reason to shop, dine, and save at Embarcadero Center!